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Moncrieff Bray Gallery Near Petworth West Sussex 19th May to 17th June 2018
Moncrieff Bray Gallery
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 19th May 2018 - Sunday 17 June 2018
PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 19 May 3pm-8pm and Sunday 20 May 11am -1.30pm
The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery presents its summer sculpture and painting exhibition, with works displayed in the magnificent Sussex barn and sculpture arranged across the surrounding three-acre rural gardens. Based in a group of 18th-century former farm buildings on the edge of the Petworth estate, a spectacular oak framed barn houses the interior gallery space, and the surrounding landscaped gardens are an ideal setting for domestic sculpture.
Selected with a commitment to quality, innovation and originality, a wide range of work will be on show; small-scale sculpture and paintings in the gallery, and in the garden large-scale works in all media, both abstract and figurative - many of which have been commissioned specially for the exhibition.
Large-scale pieces grab the headlines, Penny Hardy's life size She Blew Me Away seems to move in the wind although made entirely of recycled scrap metal. Trudy Redfern, who has painted the Queen's horses, is making a life-size driftwood horse which will be constructed on site. Trudy combs the beaches of Britain sourcing driftwood after the winter storms. Jilly Sutton's Architect, cast in verdigris bronze resin from the original wood assemblage, reflects the chaos and resolution associated with building projects.
Interior pieces include Nicholas Lees's sculptures made from hand thrown porcelain which is then turned on the wheel. Their subtle surfaces set up shimmering patterns of optical illusion. Neil Lawson Baker's bronzes such as the Three Sisters reflect his deep sensitivity to the human condition, his understanding of form references the best traditions of Modern British Art. While leading wild-life artist, Adam Binder returns with his bronzes; simplified yet finely realized, his acute sense of observation captures the spirit of the wild creatures he knows so well.
The artists on show are drawn from all corners of the British Isles. Landscapes by Hannah Woodman and Gareth Edwards reflect the long traditions of Cornish landscape paintings with their emphasis on abstraction, paint surface and shimmering tonal qualities. Kate Corbett-Winder's work is rooted in the landscape of the Welsh Marches merging abstraction with memory and observation. Peter White's monumental vessels painted in oil and wax media stir up associations of the archeology and landscape of the Far North West of Scotland where he lives. Exhibiting for the first time, Russian artist, Sveta Rumak's work conjures the lost innocence of her Ukranian childhood.
Just over an hour’s drive from central London, the gallery is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, enjoying spectacular views over the Rother Valley and up to the South Downs.
Featured Artist Penny Hardy:
My 'Blown Away' series, highlighted by 'You blew Me Away' is in response to the strong emotions that affect us all at key points in our lives, the physical impact they have on our bodies and the influence external or environmental forces whilst in this state. I am currently constructing a further three within this series, 'Resilience' focusing our own unexpected strength in difficult times enabling us to remain constant and true, 'From me to You' showing the deep and direct connection between our inner selves and finally 'Information overload' conveying the effects of the constant bombardment of information in our daily lives.
You blew me away
Latest piece in the "Blown Away" series - Resilience, a sculpture of our time where we remain strong when our worlds around us are blown away
Mild Steel Scrap Metal 170cm x 850cm x 50cm - enquire